There is apparently no sordid depth to which Stephen Harper will not stoop or plunge, no sewer he will not crawl through, in his depraved and desperate attempt to smear and destroy Justin Trudeau.
He's called him a girly man, a junkie and a terrorist.
And now he's trying to use doctors to attack Trudeau's position on marijuana.
As the Conservatives repeatedly attack Liberal leader Justin Trudeau over his support for the legalization of marijuana, the federal government has asked three groups representing Canadian doctors to endorse a taxpayer-funded advertising campaign warning about the drug’s health risks for young people.
The organizations would not be required to fund the ad campaign, estimated to cost $5 million, but their logos and endorsements would appear in them, according to a source familiar with the proposal.
Because the Cons can call it a public service announcement, but everybody knows it's just intended to reinforce their ghastly attack ads...
The campaign comes as the Conservative Party runs its own attack ads alleging Trudeau’s approach to legalization would make it easier for children to obtain pot. On Tuesday, the party premiered an online video highlighting Trudeau statements on legalization, with the closing line “Help keep marijuana away from our kids.”
But it does place the doctors in a difficult position. They may realize they are being used, but they can hardly refuse to endorse a campaign that warns about the drug's health risks for young people.
"You wouldn’t find a family physician advocating marijuana use for teenagers any more than you’d find a family doctor telling a patient to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day or drink a bottle of vodka.”
But what they should do, if they are to true to their profession, and don't want to be seen as mere pawns of the Con regime, is ask the Harperites to explain their PRIORITIES.
Ask why they would get doctors to endorse an anti-marijuana campaign? When alcohol is a far more dangerous drug for young people. Especially binge drinking.
Young people who binge drink are especially at risk. This is because they are less familiar with the effects of alcohol, and are more likely to do something impulsive or dangerous. Binge drinking is also more common among young people.
Recent surveys report binge drinking by: more than 25 per cent of Ontario students in grades 7–12, at least once in the past month 30 per cent of Canadians aged 15 to 19, 12 or more times in the past year 41 per cent of Canadians aged 20 to 24, 12 or more times in the past year
For which, as we know, Peter MacKay is the legendary poster boy...
And when it comes to booze, Lord Harp is not exactly a role model either...
Especially not after that scandalous "swimsuit" party in his own home.
An 18-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in the wee hours of Sunday morning with suspected alcohol poisoning after a party at 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the prime minister and his family.
For which I'm still waiting to hear his explanation, or have the police explain why no charges were laid.
Which reminds me of another question the doctors should ask Stephen Harper:
Does he really believe that throwing even more young people in jail for the "crime" of smoking marijuana is good for their health???
When they could be exposed to violence, raped by older inmates, contract serious diseases like AIDS or hepatitis, be plunged into depression, be driven to take their own lives, or traumatized for life.
Because those are also health questions that must be asked. And if the Cons can't answer them, the doctors should use that as an excuse to recuse themselves from what is obviously a political campaign.
But of course the Cons won't listen to reason, and they'll try to degrade doctors like they are always trying to degrade judges, in their increasingly desperate attempts to smear Justin Trudeau with disgusting and misleading ads like this one...
And the good news? None of this will work. Many Canadians are cool with the idea of decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana.
Most know the Great War on Drugs has been an epic failure. And most don't believe marijuana is a Killer Weed.
So that sleazy campaign will only make Harper look even more like a maniac or an American.
Or more like yesterday's man.
For surely his views on that drug were formed in another era...
The same era, and the same country, where him and his reefer madness belong.
Gawd. You know if I had any weed I'd roll myself a big fat joint tonight eh?
Write the date on it so I can remember the exact time the Cons tried to degrade doctors.
Put it on ice next to the bottle of victory
And save it for the glorious day when those scummy maniacs are defeated...
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